Ch 5: Art Genres

About This Chapter

The Art Genres chapter of this Art, Music, and Architecture Around the World Study Guide course is the most efficient way to study various genres of art. This chapter uses simple and fun lessons that take about five minutes to complete, plus includes lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure you understand the essential concepts associated with art genres.

Who's It For?

Anyone who needs help learning or mastering art genres material will benefit from the lessons in this chapter. There is no faster or easier way to learn about art genres. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who want to learn a broad topic in a short amount of time
  • Students who are looking for easy ways to identify the most important information on the topic
  • Students who have fallen behind in memorizing characteristics about each of the major artistic genres
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning art history (visual or auditory)
  • Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
  • Students who have limited time to study for an upcoming exam

How It Works:

  • Complete each lesson in the chapter to review all key topics.
  • Refer to the lesson to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with a short quiz.
  • Complete your review with the Art Genres chapter exam.

Why It Works:

  • Study Efficiently: The lessons in this chapter cover only information you need to know.
  • Retain What You Learn: Engaging instruction and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
  • Be Ready on Test Day: Take the Art Genres chapter exam to make sure you're prepared.
  • Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any art history question. They're here to help!
  • Study With Flexibility: View lessons on any web-ready device.

Students Will Review:

This chapter summarizes the material students need to know about art genres for a standard art history course. Topics covered include:

  • Abstract representational art
  • Synthetic cubism vs. analytic cubism
  • Romanticism
  • Description and major examples of abstract sculpture
  • Defining aerial perspective

49 Lessons in Chapter 5: Art Genres
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Abstract vs. Representational Art: Definition & Examples

1. Abstract vs. Representational Art: Definition & Examples

Have you ever painted a picture of a flower or animal? How about a picture that wasn't of anything recognizable? In this lesson, explore the differences between abstract and representational art.

Analytical Cubism vs. Synthetic Cubism

2. Analytical Cubism vs. Synthetic Cubism

Cubism is one of the most recognizable styles of Western art, but there are variations within this genre. In this lesson, we'll explore the two major kinds of Cubism and see how both strive to fulfill the Cubist ideology.

Romanticism in Painting: Characteristics

3. Romanticism in Painting: Characteristics

Romanticism was an artistic and intellectual movement of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. While romanticism in painting is not easy to define, common characteristics and themes can provide us with some clues.

What Is Abstract Sculpture? - Definition & Famous Examples

4. What Is Abstract Sculpture? - Definition & Famous Examples

Sometimes art doesn't resemble anything in the real world. Have you ever stood in front of a piece of sculpture and wondered what on earth the artist was thinking? In this lesson, we'll explore abstract sculpture and look at a few examples.

What Is Aerial Perspective in Art? - Definition & Examples

5. What Is Aerial Perspective in Art? - Definition & Examples

Perspective is one of the most important techniques for an artist to know. In this lesson, we'll explore one kind of perspective that has been used for millennia, and check out some examples.

History of Tattoos

6. History of Tattoos

For thousands of years, people have practiced the art of tattooing to represent their cultures, to convey messages, and to adorn their bodies with beautiful images.

What is a Henna Tattoo?

7. What is a Henna Tattoo?

Henna tattoos are becoming very popular, but what exactly are they? In this lesson we're going to look at this art form and see what it entails, where it comes from, and how it is used across the world.

What Is Claude Glass?

8. What Is Claude Glass?

The Claude glass is an intriguing device used by painters and nature enthusiasts alike. In this lesson, we'll explore the use of the Claude glass and see how it impacted 18th-century England.

Types of Performance Art

9. Types of Performance Art

In this video, we'll discuss a variety of different kinds of performance art in terms of their purpose, style and theme and the media used, along with the location or size of the audience. After, check your new knowledge with the quiz questions.

Fine Art Painting: Terms & Techniques

10. Fine Art Painting: Terms & Techniques

Have you ever painted a picture? Did you use a brush, knife, sponge or another kind of tool? In this lesson, let's explore terms and techniques related to the art and craft of painting.

Film Genres & Subgenres: Definition & Types

11. Film Genres & Subgenres: Definition & Types

This lesson will define both the concept of film genre and the related concept of film subgenre. Several examples of film genres will be provided, as well as examples of subgenres within those genres.

Famous Movie Directors: Films & Styles

12. Famous Movie Directors: Films & Styles

This lesson will detail the movies and styles of several different famous movie directors from three different countries: Germany, Japan, and the United States. The critical response to these movie directors will be discussed and the overall influence of each director will be considered.

American Gothic: Painting, Artist & Meaning

13. American Gothic: Painting, Artist & Meaning

American Gothic is a painting created by Grant Wood in 1930. The meaning of the portrait, which features two solemn-faced individuals, is something that has been debated since its creation.

Medieval Theatre: History, Facts & Plays

14. Medieval Theatre: History, Facts & Plays

In this lesson, we'll explore some facts related to medieval theatre and learn about some of its best-known plays. We'll explore guilds, mystery plays, sotties and morality plays.

Primary Color & Secondary Colors: Definition & Names

15. Primary Color & Secondary Colors: Definition & Names

There are many colors that artists can use, but all of them originate with the primary and secondary colors. In this video, we'll talk about these colors and see how they are defined.

Famous Artists of the 20th Century

16. Famous Artists of the 20th Century

The twentieth century experienced many changes, including a burst of artistic movements that contributed to art in a startling fashion. In this lesson, we will look at famous artists of the 20th century, as well as the movements they were members of.

Famous Female Artists: Names & Artwork

17. Famous Female Artists: Names & Artwork

Georgia O'Keeffe, Frida Kahlo, Gwendolyn Brooks, Kara Walker, and Marina Abramovic are five women artists who have made an impact on society and within the art world. In this lesson, we will learn about them and their artwork.

Art Movements: Definition & Timeline

18. Art Movements: Definition & Timeline

The history of art has seen a lot of changes. Changes happen when artists tire of traditional styles and decide to try something new. This lesson will discuss some of the many movements throughout art history that resulted when artists tried something new.

Minimalist Art: Definition, Characteristics & Famous Painters

19. Minimalist Art: Definition, Characteristics & Famous Painters

Have you ever seen paintings with simple precise lines of solid color or repeating geometric shapes? You may have been looking at Minimalist Art. In this lesson, you'll explore characteristics of Minimalist Art and famous painters.

Surrealist Artists: Names & Paintings

20. Surrealist Artists: Names & Paintings

Surrealism was a major movement of the early 20th century, and one which had substantial implications for modern art. In this lesson, we'll look at some major names and masterpieces in this movement, and talk about how to interpret them.

Modern Dance: History & Types

21. Modern Dance: History & Types

Modern dance doesn't just refer to the dances of 'today.' Instead, it refers to a particular period and style of dance that developed in the early 1900s. In this lesson, we will briefly address the history of modern dance, some of its characteristics, and some of the people who defined it.

Casting Cement: Sculpture & Techniques

22. Casting Cement: Sculpture & Techniques

Have you ever wanted to make a sculpture for your yard and wondered what materials would last the longest? How about cement or concrete? In this lesson, we'll explore ways of using cement to make durable cast concrete sculpture.

Famous Art Deco Designers

23. Famous Art Deco Designers

Have you ever looked at an item of jewelry or clothing and thought it looked distinctly stylish and modern? It may have been in the style of Art Deco, an art and design movement that celebrated everything modern. In this lesson, learn about some famous Art Deco designers and their work.

Art Nouveau vs. Art Deco

24. Art Nouveau vs. Art Deco

Have you ever wanted to create a totally new style? Artists at the turn of the early 20th century did. Some used flowing lines and natural forms, but others later shifted to geometry and industry. In this lesson, explore the differences between the styles of Art Nouveau and Art Deco.

Intertextuality in Film: Definition & Examples

25. Intertextuality in Film: Definition & Examples

Intertextuality, the overlapping of various art forms, is present and easily recognizable in modern film. This lesson provides vocabulary and examples to help learners understand the use of intertextuality in film.

Sgraffito Pottery: Definition & Designs

26. Sgraffito Pottery: Definition & Designs

Have you ever used a tool to scratch a design into a surface? Did the scratching reveal another color below? In this lesson, learn about sgraffito pottery and designs that are typically associated with it.

Sgraffito: Art & Artists

27. Sgraffito: Art & Artists

Sgraffito is more than just fun to say, it's fun to do. In this lesson, we'll examine this technique and see how different artists have used it in various media throughout history.

Grisaille Painting: Definition & Technique

28. Grisaille Painting: Definition & Technique

Can you paint a picture using related tones of one color? How do you do it? In this lesson, learn about grisaille painting and explore how to create an image using this technique.

Biedermeier Period: Art & Artists

29. Biedermeier Period: Art & Artists

Can art portray middle class life? During the Biedermeier Period in Germany and Austria, it did. In this lesson, explore Biedermeier Period art and learn about artists who worked in the style.

Neo-Expressionism: Definition, Movement & Artists

30. Neo-Expressionism: Definition, Movement & Artists

This lesson illuminates the history, methods, and key figures of the Neo-Expressionist movement, its roots in post-WWII Germany, its spread throughout Europe and to America, and its eventual decline at the end of the 1980s.

The Rape of Proserpina by Bernini

31. The Rape of Proserpina by Bernini

Gian Lorenzo Bernini was one of the greatest sculptors in history. In this lesson, we'll explore one of Bernini's masterpieces and see how it fits into European art history.

Antonio Canova: Paintings, Sculptures & Biography

32. Antonio Canova: Paintings, Sculptures & Biography

Can an artist make a career from carving marble statues? Can a sculptor also paint? In this lesson, explore the work and life of Italian artist Antonio Canova, who became the most famous sculptor of his time.

The Metamorphosis of Narcissus by Salvador Dali

33. The Metamorphosis of Narcissus by Salvador Dali

In this lesson, we'll discuss ''The Metamorphosis of Narcissus'', a surrealistic painting by the Spanish artist Salvador Dali. Learn about its main characteristics and discover the elements that were represented on this interesting artwork.

Caravaggio's Narcissus: Painting, History & Analysis

34. Caravaggio's Narcissus: Painting, History & Analysis

There are many paintings of Narcissus, but Caravaggio's is by far the most famous. In this lesson, we'll see why that is and check out the stylistic and symbolic elements of the composition.

The Orphism Art Movement: Artists & Paintings

35. The Orphism Art Movement: Artists & Paintings

Orphism was an art movement that emerged in the early 20th century. This lesson will include a brief background on the movement, and explore some of its most iconic artists and paintings.

The Unfinished Portrait of Franklin D. Roosevelt by Elizabeth Shoumatoff

36. The Unfinished Portrait of Franklin D. Roosevelt by Elizabeth Shoumatoff

There are many famous images of Franklin D. Roosevelt, but there is one so macabre and eerie that it has been immortalized in its own right. We'll explore the history of this painting and see what happened with Roosevelt's unfinished portrait.

Salvador Dali's Lincoln in Dalivision: Analysis & Meaning

37. Salvador Dali's Lincoln in Dalivision: Analysis & Meaning

There are many portraits of Lincoln, but none are quite like that of Salvador Dali. In this lesson, we'll explore this unique lithograph and see what Dali intended by it.

Mixed Media Art Techniques

38. Mixed Media Art Techniques

Have you ever drawn a picture in pencil, and then added color with watercolor paint or Sharpie markers? You might have been working in mixed media. In this lesson, we will explore several mixed media art techniques.

What is Tramp Art? - Definition & History

39. What is Tramp Art? - Definition & History

Do you need expensive materials to make art? How about just scrap wood and a pocket knife? In this lesson, explore a type of creative work known as tramp art.

Social Realism: Definition, Characteristics & Examples

40. Social Realism: Definition, Characteristics & Examples

An art movement that focused on the lives of common folk, Social Realism took the world by storm in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. In this lesson, we'll learn about the art movement and look at examples of art created during the period.

Social Realism Art Movement: Paintings, Photography & Sculpture

41. Social Realism Art Movement: Paintings, Photography & Sculpture

Social Realism was an important movement in American art history. In this lesson, we'll examine the overall trends of the movement, and see how that translated into painting, sculpture, and photography.

Social Realism Literature, Theater & Films

42. Social Realism Literature, Theater & Films

This lesson will address the movement known as social realism, which had its roots in the 1870s. We will explore how this movement became one of the primary styles in literature, theatre, and films.

Les Nabis Art Movement: History, Art & Characteristics

43. Les Nabis Art Movement: History, Art & Characteristics

Can art be mystical? In this lesson, we're going to explore the history, ideologies, and styles of the Les Nabis movement in art. We'll meet some major figures and see what this group thought about art.

What is Japonism? - Definition & History

44. What is Japonism? - Definition & History

In 1854, Japan started trading with the West. This fundamentally changed European art. In this lesson, we'll look at Japonism in Europe and see how some popular prints shook Western aesthetics.

Japonism Art & Fashion: Characteristics & Examples

45. Japonism Art & Fashion: Characteristics & Examples

Have you ever been inspired by a new style? Where did that style come from? In late 19th-century Europe, some artists were inspired by Japanese art. In this lesson, explore Japonism in art and fashion.

What is Digital Art? - Definition, History & Examples

46. What is Digital Art? - Definition, History & Examples

Have you ever created a picture or a movie on the computer? If so, you were making digital art. In this lesson, learn what digital art is and explore its history.

Kabuki Dance: Definition, History & Facts

47. Kabuki Dance: Definition, History & Facts

Kabuki is one of Japan's most cherished arts, but how much do you know about it? In this lesson, we'll explore the history of kabuki and see how it's changed over time.

Regionalism in Art: Definition, History & Examples

48. Regionalism in Art: Definition, History & Examples

Is there something distinctive about where you live? Could you capture it in artwork? The Regionalists were artists who believed this was so. In this lesson, learn about Regionalism in art and explore its history.

Regionalism in Art: Characteristics & Style

49. Regionalism in Art: Characteristics & Style

How can something based in regional attitudes form a unified style? In this lesson, we're going to check out American Regionalism in the arts and see how it reflected American attitudes.

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